The way I study for a test is simple. First, I start off by completing any study guide I am given in class. Most of the time a worksheet is given a day or two before the test. While I am completing my worksheet I use any notes that were given to me or that I’ve written down. Then as I am writing on the worksheet I recite all of the answers in my head so that I remember them. My next step is to read the question while covering the answer and see if I can solve the question with the same answer as the first time. After I solve the problem I uncover the question and check to see if my second answer is correct. Next, I usually have a friend read them out to me while trying to remember what the answer is. Normally by now the questions and answers are on flashcards. Last, but not least, I repeat my last couple steps again just to make sure to remember every single answer.
I was reading an article entitled “7 Brain Hacks That Will Dramatically Improve Your Intelligence and Success” the other day on Flipboard and it got me thinking. This would be a great article to read if a person was looking to increase their studying ability. I have hit the highlights of the article below. At the bottom is a link to the entire article if you are interested.
- A person should learn information in 50-minute increments. Remember when we used to reset our OWL at school? That’s because a person’s brain shuts down from overload.
- Study the most important information first.
- Don’t multi-task, which means a person may not be able to listen and sing along to music. It definitely means that a person must put their phone away.
- Try new ways to memorize things.
- Ask the teacher or someone else that knows the material very well to explain it.
- Take notes. Research has found over and over that writing information will help a person learn it better.
- Be prepared to get frustrated or tired. AND KEEP GOING. It studying was easy we would all get As!
What do you think? Have any of the above worked for you? Comment below…
Read How to Study, Part 1 here.
Okay, you are ready to sit down and actually study. So how do you do it?
1. Flashcards are a great way to memorize information fast. You don’t need fancy card stock to make them. Simply cut regular paper into squares, write the information you need to memorize and start learning. A great online flashcard tool, that even has a free phone app, is Quizlet. Quizlet allows you to study other student’s quizzes or you can make your own. Don’t like Quizlet? Click here to check it out. There are many other apps and websites that do the same thing. Comment below if you use something different.
2. Trying to memorize information quickly? Write it down, over and over again. Sometimes writing items down many times helps your brain remember the information better and faster.
3. Use acronyms to help remember large sets of information. For example, PEMDAS helps us remember order of operations in math.
4. Explain the information you are trying to learn to a friend, parent, even your dog. When you say information out loud it makes your brain make connections to the information.
Do you have a way to study that works for you? Share in the comment section.